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Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College Volume 15 Issue

27th October 2011

Dear Parents/Guardians, Staff, Students and Friends of OLSH Our Year Threes at Bath Street have had a busy few days of late; last Thursday they spent the day at the Marian Centre preparing for their First Communion. The children were very excited and the staff prepared lots of colourful activities. On Thursday evening, the First Communicants took part in their First Confession (Reconciliation), in readiness for last Sunday s ceremony. All the preparation came to fruition at the 9.30 a.m. Mass, when the children, beautifully attired for the occasion, performed their tasks with distinction. Thank you to Mrs. Belinda McClure for coordinating the arrangements and to Ms. Anne Chivers and Ms. Susan Levitt who, along with Mrs. McClure, instructed the children. Mr. John Healy did a great job with the music and power point presentations, while many Bath Street staff and parents were on hand to help out with the catering and general support. Our Year 12 s were given a marvellous send-off last Friday, 21st October. A large gathering of parents, family members, staff, and students assembled in the Marian Centre to say farewell and to give their best wishes to these young people as they now prepare for their final examinations. Coordinated by Mrs. Evelyn Gaces, each of the students was introduced to the audience as a Power-Point presentation gave some insight into their journey through OLSH College. It was a joyful and memorable occasion. The Year Twelve Graduation Mass will be held on Friday, 18th November, followed by a Valedictory dinner, a week later. The first of the public written examinations, English Studies, will begin next Tuesday, 1st November so preparation time is now at a premium. Throughout the examinations the morning sessions will commence at 8am, and in the afternoon, they will start at 12.30pm. The Year 10 Dinner/Dance, held last Saturday, was a delightful evening and a thoroughly enjoyable experience for all the participants. A large crowd of well-wishers assembled at the Desert Park, just outside Madigan s Restaurant, to view the arrival of these elegant young men and women, in all their fineries, as they posed for photographs and welcomed their peers. The venue proved to be very suitable, providing plenty of space for the meal and for the dancing. The students were energetic and in good spirits as they tried out their new dancing skills. They were a real credit to their instructor, Ms Lyndal England, who has been teaching them over the past term. Our thanks go to Mr. Innocent Madamombe who coordinated all the arrangements and thanks also to the staff who supervised the evening.

Central Administration: Tel: 08 8950 6400 Fax: 08 8952 4607

Bath Street Campus: Tel: 08 8950 8666 Fax: 08 8953 2624

Dates to Remember

OCTOBER 27th - P & F Meeting

NOVEMBER 4th Bath St 1st Friday Mass 11th

Student Casual Day

18th Year 12 Farewell Mass

DECEMBER 1st College Orientation and Move up Day 1st Transition Orientation 9th Presentation Night 13th Carols Night at Marian Centre 14th Last day for students

Campus Office Hours Monday - Friday 8am-4pm Campus Canteens Bath Street 89527532 Traeger 89508555 Sadadeen 89507318

College Uniform Shop Telephone: 89522742 Fax: 89555163 Opening Hours: Tuesday 8.15am 10.00am Thursday 8.15am-10.00am Thursday 2.30pm-4.30pm Lil Antz AfterSchool Care: Telephone: 08 89530015

Traeger Ave Campus Sadadeen Rd Campus: Tel: 08 8950 8555 Tel: 08 8950 7399 Fax: 08 8952 2851 Fax: 08 8953 2571

P.O. Box 2508 Alice Springs NT 0871 Website: www.olshalice.catholic.edu.au Email: principal@olshalice.nt.edu.au

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The Parents and Friends Association will hold the first meeting for the term tonight at the Bath Street campus staffroom. The meeting will commence at 7.30pm. The first of several orientation activities was held yesterday when the Year Eight students travelled from the Traeger campus to the Sadadeen campus, as part of their preparations for the move to the Senior Campus in 2012. Thank you to those parents who attended the Information night, last evening. Soon, our Year Four students, from the Bath Street campus, will have a similar visit to the Traeger campus. Applications are now being sought from students for scholarships and bursaries; forms are available at the campus receptionist desks. Please encourage your sons and/or daughters who are currently in Years 6,7,8,9 and 10 to apply for these awards. Application forms can be collected from the reception desks and should be submitted by Friday, 4th November. During this week there has been a Book Fair in the Bath Street library. This will conclude tomorrow. Purchases are available at any time, but generally sales are from 8am-9.30am and 3pm-4.30pm. Tomorrow is World Teachers Day and a time to say a big thank you to all our staff members for their marvellous contribution to the College. Working with parents and guardians, they play such a significant role in the educational partnership and it is good to acknowledge the important work that is done with our students. It s fair to say, that whatever path we take in life, we always remember our teachers.

Best wishes

Br Paul Gilchrist Principal

Reflection PARENTS AND TEACHERS WORKING TOGETHER I dreamed I stood in a studio And watched two sculptors there, The clay they used was a young child's mind And they fashioned it with care. One was a teacher; the tools being used Were books and music and art, One a parent with a guiding hand And a gentle, loving heart. Day after day the teacher toiled With touch that was deft and sure, While the parent laboured just as hard And polished and smoothed it o'er. When at last their task was done They were proud of what they had wrought, For the things they had moulded into the child Could neither be sold nor bought. And both agreed they would have failed If they had worked alone; For behind the parents stood the school And behind the teacher, the home.

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College News SCHOOL FEES School fees are now overdue. Please ensure all outstanding fees are paid as soon as possible. Fees may be paid at any Campus front office by Cash, cheque, EFTPOS or you can arrange BPAY or direct debit. Please call the Bursar on 89506403 for further information.

Campus News: Bath St A big thank you to all who supported our Year 3 students who received the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion last week. It was a busy time for both the campus and the families. Sunday was a very special celebration and the children responded well. We now look forward to our next First Friday Mass where they will have the opportunity to receive communion again in front of the rest of the campus.

EARLY ARRIVALS Today there were a number of children at the campus at 7.35am. Some were dropped off by parents and others came on scooters and bikes. Please remember that the teacher does not come on duty until 8.00am, so there are a lot of minutes here where the children are unattended. The ideal time for dropping off and arriving is between 8.00 and 8.15am.

BANDANNA DAY Tomorrow is Bandanna Day, and the Campus SRC are selling bandannas for $4.00 each to raise funds for Canteen. Sales will take place before school and at recess time.

BOOK FAIR The Book Fair in the library concludes tomorrow. If you have not visited, or sent in your book order, you have one more day. The sales so far have been good and the campus library receives a percentage of the sales to purchase new books. Please support our library staff and our campus Book Fair.

CROSS CAMPUS VISITORS Tomorrow a group of Year 7 students will be visiting our Year 4 classes as part of their leadership training in preparation for the election of the Traeger Campus leaders for 2012. They will run small group activities in the Bath Street Hall, using a number of the activities from the Peer Support programme. This will occur over several weeks and is a good way to ensure that the Traeger leaders have some good practice, and that our Year 4 s get to meet some of the students from the Traeger Campus. This will help in reducing some of the anxiety that students feel when they transition from one campus to another. Thank you to Miss Kathryn Reilly from the Traeger Campus and the Year 4 teachers at Bath Street.

MELBOURNE CUP Next Tuesday the children will be viewing the Melbourne Cup in the afternoon. If you do not wish you child/children to be involved, please write a note in the Student Organiser, and they will be removed from the viewing.

SHOPPING VOUCHERS Thank you so much for all your support with the Coles and Woolies vouchers. Mr Typuszak has had a wonderful time purchasing some new sports equipment for the campus with the points collected. With the Woolies vouchers, we have selected some classroom calculator sets, some colourful building blocks and some puzzles.

2012 ENROLMENTS AND CLASSROOM PLACEMENTS We are now at the time of the year when we begin to look at numbers and classes for next year. If you would like to speak to me about placements for next year, please ring Christine on 89508666 for an appointment time or to arrange a phone call. At present it looks as if we will have three Transition classes, three Year 1 classes, two Year 2 classes, three Year 3 classes and three Year 4 classes. Staffing has not been finalised yet, but should be well in hand for our Move-Up day on December 1st. Transition interviews are continuing and I have been visiting pre-schools this week to observe the children in a familiar environment. It is an exciting time for these young children as they prepare to move into big school .

ED-ALIVE COMMUNITY SOFTWARE PLAN Once again we are part of the Community Software Plan and brochures have gone home with all children. If you wish to make a purchase please return forms and payment by Friday 4th November

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AUSTRALIAN MATHEMATICS COMPETITION On the 4th of August forty seven of our Year 3 and Year 4 students participated in the Australian Mathematics Competition. We are extremely proud of their efforts in this difficult competition and would like to congratulate the following students: Pass Will Guzman Geetanjali Bhatia Jacob Bitar Jacob Gardner Vuyolwethu Mahlangu Elisabeth Boyle Chiara Antonelli Amelia Scollen Tinotenda Mangena Amal Subi Callum Saville Sean Ivers Felicia Lay Bradley Krikke Maika McGuirk-Hanson Terrence Mathe Jaden De Malmanche Taonashe Pachawo Jayden Atkinson

Proficiency Ned Day Bonnie Rudd Ruolin Zhao Tyson Usher Laissa Crowby Blake Rice Nicole Madamombe Adarsh Yadav Cecile Ryan

Credit Rianna Rawat Jack van der GeestHester Shawn Bett Thomas Van Haaren Bohdan Typuszak Piper Nicolai Kieran Lelis Amelia Materne Alice Neill Eloise Montefiore Jordi Krikke Lucy Nicolai Trinity Klarenbeek John Juan Ainsley Harben Dustan Dehne

Distinction Molly Belew Imogen Marshall Nathan Dash

MERIT POINT WINNERS Lashonda from Room 1 We would like to thank our sponsors for their generosity in providing funding for the Merit Point table.

LOST PROPERTY Please feel free to call into the front office and take a winter jumper or jacket for next year. We are giving it all away after tirelessly trying to find owners! We also have a black bag left from Transition Swimming which has a towel, boys bathers, sun shirt and shorts in it. So if your child is missing these items they can be collected from the front office.

Looking forward to the cooler weather predicted for next week! Janis Paterson Head of Campus

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Year 3 Retreat

Campus News: Traeger Dates Term 4 2nd November 4th November 11th November 17th November 18th November 1st December 2nd December 2nd December 9th December 12th December 14th December

Year 5, 2012 Parent Information Night 6-7pm Liturgy by 8:1 at 12:15 Gilchrist Hall Remembrance Day followed by assembly New students Year 7 2012 Test Evening 3:30 4:30pm Liturgy by 5:2 at 12:15 Gilchrist Hall College Move Up Day (Orientation Day) Year 8 s continue Orientation at Sadadeen for this day as well Liturgy by 5:1 at 12:15 Gilchrist Hall College Presentation Night Year 8 Graduation Mass 9am Last Day of 2011

YEAR 5 2012 Next Wednesday November 2nd is our parent night from 6-7pm. It will be held in the Year 5 area which is upstairs. If parents enter the campus at the front office the stairs to the second floor are there. See you there.

Have a great week, Tony Healy Head of Campus

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Campus News: Sadadeen REMAR Last week the Blue Caravel journeyed out to Santa Teresa for a week for their Immersion experience. Please find below an email I received from Mr Schell commenting on the positive experience and the wonderful work our students did. Well done to Miss England & Br Mark. This is just one of many examples of our students shining in the public domain. This week the Red caravel are in Melbourne for their Leadership Camp with Eilis Black, Br Mark & Stacy Mutuota. Hi Lyndal, Just a quick and rather belated email to express our sincere appreciation for the way that you and your REMAR Team engaged with the various classes at LACEC during your recent visit. The eagerness and generous ways in which you assisted the teaching teams especially in the junior primary were commented on by many staff. Would you pass on our thanks and congratulations to the REMAR team - certainly was a "job well done!" I'm sorry that we didn't have the opportunity to thank you all personally (I am still confined to quarters!) but it was indeed a week of which all of you, students, yourself and OLSH can be very proud. Once again, many thanks, Kind regards, Mike Schell

YEAR. 12 EXAMS Year 12 exams commence next week. On Monday 31st October our Japanese students have their exam. Students have access to the exam timetable at Sadadeen reception. Good luck to all of our students.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP 2012 Friday 4th November, our College Captain candidates will give their speeches in the Marian Centre commencing at 11:15am. The N.T. Electoral Commission will oversee the voting that will follow.

CASUAL CLOTHES DAY The last Casual Clothes day for the year is on Friday 11th November.

CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations to the Year 12 Music students on their final performance moderation held Monday of this week. They can all be very proud of their performances. All the hard work paid off! Bravo! Mrs. Quesnel

RIO, PARIS, N.Y AND MILAN ALL IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD HOST AN EXCHANGE STUDENT!

Each year there are hundreds of students from around the world who choose to visit Australia. You can be a part of the experience by welcoming an exchange student into your home. By opening your door, and hearts, to an international exchange student, your family can: Make a life long link to a family in another country Learn about another culture Share the beauty of Australia and our culture Gain a new family member Contribute to International goodwill Develop a friendship that will last for many years To hear more about this wonderful opportunity or our student exchange programs out of Australia Call Student Exchange Australia New Zealand on 1300 135 331 or visit www.studentexchange.org.au 6


EAST TIMOR IMMERSION GROUP On the 7th of September Jade Hatt, Celine Ociones, Danielle deBrenni, Nicole Lennartz, Michelle Wilson, Annelies Doecke, Chris Davis and two teachers, Greg Mills and Vicky Howie, departed from Alice Springs to partake on the greatly anticipated East Timor Immersion Trip which they had been preparing for all year. The Students arrived in Dili on the 8th of September where they were then expected to endure a very long and bumpy bus ride to Baucau. This was the town where the students would be spending most of their time and undertaking various charitable tasks. The group visited the local teachers college where many young adults were training to become the future educators of Timor and Ponta-Leste, a youth centre, where the OLSH students assisted in re-painting their school. The Students were very fortunate enough to be welcomed into a traditional home where they could experience some local cuisine and sing and dance with the children. Whilst in East Timor the group members had to adjust to a less advanced life style as the showers consisted of a basin of cold water and a scooping bucket. The toilet was almost the same as the ones in Australia except for the fact that they needed to be flushed manually by pouring water into it. It didn t take very long for the OLSH students to adjust to their new living situation but the heat and humidity was a consistent problem, especially as most destinations were within walking distance. The students visited various schools, such as Bercoli where all the funds raised during the year were donated, in order to provide furniture for the students. Music and dance became a very important aspect during the trip as the students were consistently welcomed with a song and traditional dance to show the appreciation for their visit and support. Although the entire trip held special moments that will never be forgotten, the visit to the Girls Orphanage was definitely the highlight as the strength and love that radiated from each and every girl living in the orphanage, touched each member of the group immensely. The trip was not all smooth sailing as the group had to endure many blackouts, unusual food and the lack of English being spoken by the people of East Timor. While in East Timor there was one request that the students and teachers were continuously asked by all those that they had the honour to meet, and that was, please don t forget us! But there was never a doubt in anyone s mind that each and every member of OLSH that has ever visited East Timor will hold those memories close to their heart for the rest of their lives. And just in case the kids at Ponta-Leste wanted something to remember the OLSH students by, Vicky Howie was able to paint an aboriginal styled painting on one of their walls that symbolised the importance of education and unity of all people.

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DREADFUL NEWS..... Mr AUGUSTIN IS LOSING HIS LOCKS FINALLY YOUR CHANCE IS HERE TO CUT OFF ONE OF HIS DREADLOCKS!! In December this year a group of senior OLSH students are off to Cambodia to work for a week in a Marist Brothers school Salla Lavalla for students with physical disabilities. The students in this school have been identified as the poorest of the poor and all of the money raised will be going directly to the school. More information about Salla Lavalla can be found at maristsolidarity.net.au SO .. On Friday the 4th of November we will be having an assembly at the Sadadeen Campus. For $100 you have the opportunity to cut off one of his dreadlocks. The following night the 5th of November at 7:30 at ClubEast side you will also have the same opportunity. What is left will be auctioned off and his head will be shaved. Don t miss out on this once in a life time experience. I haven t had a haircut since I left school 7 years ago! Get a group of friends together and dig deep! Its for a great cause and any donations big or small would be greatly appreciated. Tins have been placed at reception at each of the three campus otherwise you can also make donations over the internet through: Account Name: Peter Augustin BSB: 735303 ACC No: 820943 (A Separate Salla LaValla Fund) Thanks for your help and if you ve got any questions please don t hesitate to ask.

Girls Night In! For female students in Year 9, 10, 11, 12 at Sadadeen Come dressed up in your favourite pink clothes. Date: 5/11/11 -6/11/11 (sleep over) Venue: Marian Centre Sadadeen Time: 6pm Saturday till 8am Sunday Cost: $5.00 All you need is your swag/sleeping bag and a plate of goodies. All money raised will go to the Cancer Council. For more information please contact Miss Howie at Sadadeen on 89507399 Vicky Howie Religious Education coordinator 8


2011 Term Dates Students last day of Term 4 14th December

Wednesday

ATTENTION ALL SCRAPPERS Scrapbook classes are available every Tuesday of the school term. Adult classes during the day and evening. Childrens classes after school. Prices reasonable. Booking essential as numbers are limited. For times and more info please call Lauren 0419 849 560

2012 Term Dates Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4

Monday 30 January Thursday 5 April Students return Wednesday 1 February Monday 16 April Friday 22 June Students resume Tuesday 17 April Monday 16 July Friday 21 September Students resume Tuesday 17 July Monday 8 October Friday 14 December Students resume Tuesday 9 October 9


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